OSAMA bin Laden is dead but his legacy lives on – not just in the dusty caves of Pakistan and Afghanistan but here on home soil too.
His jihad – or “holy war” – against the infidels of the West remains the rallying cry for an increasing number of home-grown Islamic fundamentalists intent on death and destruction.
Few will forget the carnage of July 7, 2005, when British bombers took terror to the capital.
Fifty two people died and 700 were injured in a series of coordinated suicide attacks which targeted civilians using London’s public transport system during morning rush hour.
The terrorists detonated four bombs, three in quick succession aboard Underground trains and later a fourth on a bus in Tavistock Square ( pictured).
The explosions were caused by homemade peroxide-based bombs packed into rucksacks. They were followed exactly two weeks later by another series of attempted attacks.
The bombers may have blown their wretched selves to bits but that wasn’t the last of them.
A Secret Intelligence Service source said: “Al Qaida is all about big marquee attacks, 9/11, 7/7, the Madrid bombings.
“They want the world to see what they’re capable of and what better way of doing that than the Olympic Games.”
Al Qaida online traffic is constantly monitored by MI5 agents and countless terrorist cells have been infilitrated by undercover agents.
But the insider warns it’s not possible to track every threat.
He said: “The British security services are the best in the world. Our agents have stopped countless attacks and saved thousands of lives.
“We’ve had intelligence that the leaders of Al Qaida would love to attack the Olympics but at the moment they’re simply too weak.
“Work by the US and UK has seriously disrupted their activites.
“But, that makes the organisation even more dangerous. We have to be on the look-out for ‘clean operatives’ – British-born Muslims who’ve been radicalised and gone undetected.
“I am confident there are people in this country who are planning to strike at the Olympics, they want thousands dead, blood to run in the streets.
“But I’m equally confident we will stop them.
“Never has so much effort and money been spent in protecting members of the public “